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Council endorses Benton jail, justice bonds

Written March 9th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Benton County is making a push for a $110 million bond issue for a new jail and criminal justice center. Paying off the bonds would raise property taxes for up to 31 years.


Expenses mount in Benton’s big plans

Written August 5th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Seven years after their last attempt to win voter approval for a new jail, Benton County officials are assembling a more ambitious and much more expensive expansion project for which property taxpayers eventually will get the bill — if it is carried out.


Benton’s jail: A mess of problems

Written June 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Benton County officials want to build a new jail because the old one is potentially dangerous and hopelessly outdated. Now they’re trying to gauge what voters will accept. To that end the county invited the public to an informal “outreach” session Thursday, and about three dozen people showed up.


 
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